Photos: sunrise and morning workout, large waves from hurricane out in Ocean on Puerto Vallarta waterfront, third silk ropes class, & sunset at Nahui* Beach with the super moon.
Larger post soon… My blue tooth keyboard is kaputzin on me so I’ll have to find some time and patience to `swype` an entire entry :)
Hope you all are well!
I am setting into a nice routine here in La Cruz and therefore dont have too many things to always update my blog about.
Last week I started my aerial silks class with a girl who lives here but is from the states. I will be taking about two classes per week for the month of September. I have been trying to aim my fitness goals towards this for motivation and cross training. I have been keeping up regularly with yoga, stretching and meditation as well. I feel more than ever that I am really getting in touch with my self and its a nice feeling.
I visited a very awesome reusable materials hotel, you can check out more on it at there website: http://www.losarroyosverdes.com/ but the picture with the quote about the planet is from that place.
We had a potluck last week to welcome a new Workaway-er into our property and sent another off with a great goodbye. It was fun and I think we are going to try to have a pot luck once per week if we can manage it.
I started working with a man who had a pretty serious fall this past May, I am doing physical therapy with him, helping with the others who are already working with him. Its not my area of expertise but its an amazing learning experience and he is a very great guy! I am now doing this work in exchange for the place I am living this month, as this man and his wife are very good friends of the woman who runs Agave Azul.
The days are still HOT and humid one day with a thunder/lightning/wind storm sweeping up most nights. The rain has been on and off, but when it rains it pours.
I hope wherever you are you are enjoying your days. If you are in Seattle, I hope you are enjoying autumn and getting ready for Fall. My favorite time of year in the northwest.
^view from my balcony^
It’s a rainy overcast day here in La Cruz today. Perfect first day of September, but making me miss Seattle something fierce. I just want to go to Ballard Coffee Works in my sweater and sweat pants, get a chocolate hemp chai with whipped cream, and watch movies on the couch all day with my boyfriend. I love autumn, I love fall.
It’s funny what we come to miss, even in the midst of being in a spectacular, awesome location on the planet. In place of my Seattle-heart longings, I think I will opt for another hour or two filled with yoga, stretching, classical music, then lunch time quesadillas - or maybe breakfast tacos today!
This weekend was fun. We checked out Sayulita, which is a hip little surf town with tons of english speaking folks and American dollar prices. Thankfully, it is the low season so it wasn’t as busy as I hear it usually gets. It was nice to check out, but I have no burning desire to return. After Sayulita we went out to Playas de Marcos beach for sunset again. A place I have been once before and posted photos. The waves werent as crazy this time, so we all jumped in the water and enjoyed the natural wave pool fun. Saturday and Sunday nights we went out for local music in town. Any music playing goes from 8-11pm, so I am always getting to bed an awesomely early hour. Other perks of the weekend included a VW show at the marina, a few blocks away and swimming in our swimming pool during a totally sky-lit lightning storm. Yes, thats probably not the safest of ideas, but I like to live on the wild side :)
I wrote up a plan for myself for working out this week. Ive been thinking a lot lately about how you really must make time for your workouts to achieve your goals. Last night I went out, so this morning I did not want to get up at 7am. I slept until 8 and realized I could either still catch a ride to the city to buy the new pair of shoes I need, or I could take my time, get the workout I know I need and want and figure out my shoe situation later. I opted for exercise and relaxation.
Here is todays workout:
2 mins running stairs
Complete 8 reps of each exercise:
-Alternating knife jacks (opp hand to foot reach)
-Leg lifts with butt up at top
-Side plank hip dips
-Spiderman Mountain Climbers (cross under, opp knee to elbow)
Repeat for a total of 3 runs and two core rounds
Complete 8 reps of each exercise:
-Single Leg Squat to bench
-Single leg toe touch (elevated, touch below toe)
-Regular Push-ups - no knees! (go as low as you can and still push yourself back up)
30s rest, repeat 3 times
Happy September, Everybody!
This started out as a fitness blog, so I figure I should keep up my fitness posts as much as possible too!
The saying above is one that has been motivting me lately. It sounds pretty out there, but the meaning behind it is simple: you must challenge yourself to see results. You must push your self out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve your goal(s).
Working out on the road has been challenging. I walked away from being a full time personal trainer in a gym, with enough equipment at home for any work out (I miss my stability ball and foam roller the most), teaching a strength training class once per week, and being a roller derby athlete. Talk about best shape of my life so far! One roller derby practice easily burns a thousand calories, if not more. I knew well before my travels started that I would need to keep up some serious exercise to maintain that level of fitness on the road.
Being out and about, I found myself not knowing where to start. I did little things here and there, but never really had a plan. Since Ive been at Agave Azul here in Nayarit, Mexico, I have decided to get myself into a regular routine. Turning back to the Fitblr community, on Tumblr, of course helps. Those motivational photos rock! Then, I tried a couple workouts to see how I liked them, and wrote out a plan for myself for the week. I circle each thing that I actually complete, add other things when I do something more or different, and reflect at the end of the week.
To start, I opted for some basics. My push-ups have never been great, squats are one of the most basic functional exercises out there, and single leg toe touches (bodyweight deadlifts) offer balance and stability. I have always said that if I lived on a sandy beach I would take advantage of it and build up my endurance running in the sand. Well, I wouldnt want to make a liar out of myself. So combined with those three simple strength moves I run up and down the beach. 5 strength rounds, 4 beach runs. I am aiming to do this 3x per week, with a waking stretch and evening stretch for flexibility. On the inbetween days I do a bit more stretching and focus on balance, stability and core. I am very lucky to have a pool at my fingertips right now and am taking advantage of that as much as possible. I swim 10 (down and back = 1) laps alternating between breast stroke and puppy paddle - working on my [injured] shoulders. Since it is challenging for me to find pulling exercises in traveling I have decided to let the pool help me with this. I hold the edge of the pool with my fingers and pull myself up as much as I can, holding my elbows in to my body as close as possible. I do this about 10 times. There is also a small bridge crossing over the pool and I have realized I can hold on to this, lift myself up, and do some kind of pull-ups. I do about ten of these as well. I am stoked about this because pulling has never been my strong suit, especially pull ups, so getting to work the same muscles, with assistance from the water, has been great!
There is a girl here in town (who is from the states/speaks fluent english) who teaches aerial silk rope classes and is starting up again this coming week! I will be working with her twice per week, one hour per session, 6 sessions total. I am absolutely ecstatic about that. I did aerial silks for about 6 months when I lived in Portland, some years ago, and I lo-lo-loved it. I am not quite sure why I had to stop, but I know it was mighty pricey, and the deals down here are insanely cheap when compared to the US dollar. I am excited to have something to incorporate my training towards, that always helps with motivation!
We’re checking out the nearby surf town of Sayulita today, maybe, just maybe I’ll opt for a surf lesson. That is something else I am very interested in, but not sure if it is the time or place right now. More posts soon, after the weekend. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Drink lots of water and do something fun!